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Posted: 8/7/2005 12:51:45 PM EDT
A few years ago my fathers sports car was wrecked by a mechanic who was repairing it. The mechanic didn't report the accident, the dealer (who the mechanic worked for) argued with us about who caused some of the damage, basically were jerks about it, the car was repaired by another shop at the expense of the first shops insurance.

Anyways last week there was an article in the paper about this dealership's racing team and painted a nice picture of them. We're thinking this may be a good way to write a letter to the editor about what they did to us.

The owner of this place is a real jerk, my only concern is that he might sue us for this. So if we put only the truth in the letter are we likely to lose some money?

Bottom line what would you do? Thanks.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 12:52:31 PM EDT
I'd send the letter to the editor, put a nice cramp on their sales potential.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 12:53:21 PM EDT
Go wreck his racing car, then draw down!

Actually your idea sounds good
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 12:54:54 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 12:55:23 PM EDT
I don't think they will publish the letter.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 1:08:31 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DigDug:
You can't get sued for the truth.



Sure you can. You can lose too. Even if you don't lose you have to defend the suit with real dollars. Right or wrong has nothing to do with it.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 1:09:47 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/7/2005 1:10:34 PM EDT by PlaymoreMinds]
Even if they publish it...I ask you...who really reads the letters? Personally, I'd take advantage of the dealership's new fame and contact your local consumer group (or local newstation's consumer hotline) and tell them the story...

ETA: Local chapter of the BBB and ATTY Gen'l offices as well...

Nope...I've never ever done anything like this ever....................
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 1:15:53 PM EDT

Originally Posted By bigdb1:

Originally Posted By DigDug:
You can't get sued for the truth.



Sure you can. You can lose too. Even if you don't lose you have to defend the suit with real dollars. Right or wrong has nothing to do with it.



+1
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 1:21:12 PM EDT
draw down
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 1:21:36 PM EDT
The time to have written the letter was a couple of years ago, when the original transgression took place.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 2:09:39 PM EDT
Where does a newspaper get most of it revenue?

Answer: Ad sales.


Who advertises the most, in most newspapers?

Answer: Car dealers.


Do you really think that the newspaper will print your letter?

Answer: Not on your life.


If most newspapers ran the real stories about people getting ripped of by car dealers there would not be much else left to print in them.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 2:51:41 PM EDT

Originally Posted By rebel_rifle:
Where does a newspaper get most of it revenue?

Answer: Ad sales.


Who advertises the most, in most newspapers?

Answer: Car dealers.


Do you really think that the newspaper will print your letter?

Answer: Not on your life.


If most newspapers ran the real stories about people getting ripped of by car dealers there would not be much else left to print in them.



What he said.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 9:25:05 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/7/2005 9:52:49 PM EDT by RABIDFOX50]

Originally Posted By rtr:
A few years ago my fathers sports car was wrecked by a mechanic who was repairing it. The mechanic didn't report the accident, the dealer (who the mechanic worked for) argued with us about who caused some of the damage, basically were jerks about it, the car was repaired by another shop at the expense of the first shops insurance.

Anyways last week there was an article in the paper about this dealership's racing team and painted a nice picture of them. We're thinking this may be a good way to write a letter to the editor about what they did to us.

The owner of this place is a real jerk, my only concern is that he might sue us for this. So if we put only the truth in the letter are we likely to lose some money?

Bottom line what would you do? Thanks.




#1 Should have gotten a lawyer at the time of the incident
#2 Nothing wrong with you telling everyone you know what a POS this guy is (word of mouth cant be sued)
#3 Dont write the letter if you dont want to be sued even though you may be right.
#4 Let it go, life lesson learned.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 9:26:49 PM EDT

Originally Posted By rtr:
A few years ago my fathers sports car was wrecked by a mechanic who was repairing it. The mechanic didn't report the accident, the dealer (who the mechanic worked for) argued with us about who caused some of the damage, basically were jerks about it, the car was repaired by another shop at the expense of the first shops insurance.

Anyways last week there was an article in the paper about this dealership's racing team and painted a nice picture of them. We're thinking this may be a good way to write a letter to the editor about what they did to us.

The owner of this place is a real jerk, my only concern is that he might sue us for this. So if we put only the truth in the letter are we likely to lose some money?

Bottom line what would you do? Thanks.



Well even though they were jerks about it, the car got fixed and their insurance ponied up the cash. What more do you want out of this deal? You can probably get sued by them for slander. I'd let it go.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 9:33:09 PM EDT

Originally Posted By HeldHostage:

Originally Posted By rtr:
A few years ago my fathers sports car was wrecked by a mechanic who was repairing it. The mechanic didn't report the accident, the dealer (who the mechanic worked for) argued with us about who caused some of the damage, basically were jerks about it, the car was repaired by another shop at the expense of the first shops insurance.

Anyways last week there was an article in the paper about this dealership's racing team and painted a nice picture of them. We're thinking this may be a good way to write a letter to the editor about what they did to us.

The owner of this place is a real jerk, my only concern is that he might sue us for this. So if we put only the truth in the letter are we likely to lose some money?

Bottom line what would you do? Thanks.



Well even though they were jerks about it, the car got fixed and their insurance ponied up the cash. What more do you want out of this deal? You can probably get sued by them for slander libel. I'd let it go.



Slander is spoken, libel is written.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 9:35:06 PM EDT
Potato time. Use a broom handle. Makes it really hard to get out.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 9:36:56 PM EDT
leave the past in the past


Sgat1r5
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 9:37:33 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Daytona955i:

Originally Posted By HeldHostage:

Originally Posted By rtr:
A few years ago my fathers sports car was wrecked by a mechanic who was repairing it. The mechanic didn't report the accident, the dealer (who the mechanic worked for) argued with us about who caused some of the damage, basically were jerks about it, the car was repaired by another shop at the expense of the first shops insurance.

Anyways last week there was an article in the paper about this dealership's racing team and painted a nice picture of them. We're thinking this may be a good way to write a letter to the editor about what they did to us.

The owner of this place is a real jerk, my only concern is that he might sue us for this. So if we put only the truth in the letter are we likely to lose some money?

Bottom line what would you do? Thanks.



Well even though they were jerks about it, the car got fixed and their insurance ponied up the cash. What more do you want out of this deal? You can probably get sued by them for slander libel. I'd let it go.



Slander is spoken, libel is written.



Oh get technical why don't ya!!
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 9:37:48 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 9:40:59 PM EDT
His race car isn't insured you know......................
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 9:45:00 PM EDT
Did it buff right out? If so, move on with your life but don't forget to spread the word.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 7:38:56 AM EDT
What would I do? Drop it.

What happened to your fathers car happened "A few years ago". the car was repaired and paid for by the dealers insurance. It is done and over with.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 7:56:02 AM EDT

Originally Posted By DigDug:
You can't get sued for the truth.



Wrong.

You probably can't be successfully sued for the truth, but you can be sued for ANYTHING.
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